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Unique Homemade Grandparent Gifts

Make a Special Christmas Present for Baby's Grandparents


Updated September 30, 2011

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Framed photo wall art pictures make for unique homemade grandparent gifts.

Dana Hinders

Baby's first Christmas is a once-in-lifetime occasion. Get in the holiday spirit by creating unique handmade gifts for baby to give to his grandma and grandpa. Because they are one-of-a-kind creations, handmade gifts are sure to be appreciated much more than any trinket you could pick up from the local mall.

The following homemade grandparent gift ideas are all relatively quick to create using basic craft supplies. Most are fairly inexpensive, although you can cut costs even further by shopping for materials at your local dollar store or buying items in bulk and saving some of your leftover supplies for another occasion.

Decorated Treat Jar Grandparent Christmas Gifts

Edible gifts are popular for Christmas because they don't create excess clutter in the recipient's home. Grandparents also love edible Christmas gifts because they save them the trouble of spending hours in the kitchen for one special treat.

Presentation is key when you're giving sweets for Christmas. Decorate an old Crystal Light container with scrapbook paper and a photo of your baby, then fill the container with homemade caramel corn, party mix, or another Christmas treat. Alternatively, you could wrap the container in a drawing that your child created and use letter stickers or rubber stamps to spell out the holiday greeting of your choice.

Customized Day Planner

Create a customized day planner for baby's grandparents with a three ring binder that allows you to design your own cover. These binders can be purchased from Staples, Office Depot, or any major stationery and office supply store. Either a ½ inch or 1 inch binder should be sufficient.

Once you've designed a customized cover for the planner, fill the binder with weekly calendar sheets printed on paper in the color of your choice. If you wish, you can design monthly divider pages using copies of your favorite digital scrapbook layouts and a few special grandparent quotes.

Painted T-Shirts or Tote Bags

There's nothing cuter than baby's tiny hands and feet. Make a fun keepsake gift by using fabric paint to decorate a t-shirt or tote bag with your baby's handprints or footprints. Add a saying such as "My grandson walks all over me!" or "Word's Best Grandma, Hands Down!" when you are finished.

If you don't feel comfortable using fabric paint to handwrite a saying, you can purchase iron-on letters that will give your project a more professional appearance. Alternatively, you can buy iron-on transfer sheets for your inkjet printer that will allow you to incorporate text as well as photos or clip art into your or tote bag design.

Photo Jewelry Christmas Gift for Grandma

There are a number of websites where you can order customized jewelry featuring your favorite baby pictures, but many of these services are very expensive. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, try making your own photo jewelry using blank bezel pendants from a craft store such as Hobby Lobby. Follow the process outlined in our Custom Photo Jewelry slideshow.

If grandma doesn't like to wear jewelry, you could use the same technique to create photo magnets for the refrigerator. Instead of attaching your pendant to a chain, you'd simply glue a sturdy magnet to the back of the frame.

Photo Wall Art Homemade Presents for Grandparents

Grandparents love to display framed photos, but sometimes it's nice to have an image that's bit more unique than your typical snapshot. For a hip grandparent gift, turn your favorite baby picture into pop art using the instructions in our Turn Baby Photos Into Art Inspired by Andy Warhol Pictures slideshow. Another fun idea for making unique photo art is to follow the instructions in our Turn Photos Into Coloring Pages article and frame the resulting image.

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